I plan to read it again in 2011 and this time I plan to underline, take notes, and use my reference book as a parallel to NLT. Thankfully, Chandler is a
I think after 2011's Bible 365 plan of NLT, I may get another version to read for 2012. In 2009 I read The Message translation - if you aren't familiar with it, I highly recommend it. I bought a small faux leather copy from the bookstore and took it with me in my day bag pretty much everywhere so I could read it - if you can find a chronological version do it - mine was a regular version and I would have loooved a chronological one! I had a blast reading The Message (seriously!) - many parts of it read like a soap opera, no kidding. The Message is more or less the most opposite of King James as you can possibly be - unlike most translations, The Message takes the theme or idea and rewrites it in everyday language. Or street lingo is probably more fitting. There are some parts that would definitely be rated PG-13 if not R. It was a great introduction to reading the Bible though and the gospels were very vivid and made it easy to relate to what Jesus was experiencing.
So 2009 - read The Message, 2010 - read New Living Translation, 2011 - NLT again, 2012 - ?. I've already been scoping out children's Bibles for a good One Year/365 version. I have two contenders, but haven't decided yet. I figure I have until 2012 since OP will be so young next year. And even though I doubt he'll really be paying much attention in 2012, it's never too early and he must love books - it's not optional at our house.
What are you reading?